Linux box for music teaching?

Subject: Linux box for music teaching?
From: J. Simon van der Walt (
Date: Wed Sep 15 2004 - 14:02:00 EDT

We've got a kind of 'spare' computer at the college where I teach, and we're
quite interested in the idea of turning it into a Linux box running various
bits of open-source 'ware. It's a brand-new IMB pizza-box style ThinkCentre
S Series, not sure of the spec, but I think it's a P4, 512Mb, 40Gb. I've
ordered a M-Audio Delta Audiophile 2496 card for it. Couple of questions;

* Can I run that card under Linux or did I oops?
* What is a good distro to go for? The Linux guy at our college seems to
favour SUSE - ok for music? Off the top of my head, main stuff we might try
running would be blue, pd, Audacity, Cecilia, Rosegarden, and whatever that
scoring package is, can't remember the name... open to other suggestions...
* What about Agnula?
* How big a disk to we need to install Linux? And dual boot XP? We won't be
recording to the internal disk, but across the network to a server...
* ... and will that work under Linux? Win server, so do we talk to it via
smb? In which case I guess that won't work, because smb from my mac to the
same server is dead slow
* I know this isn't really a LInux list; any lists or newsgroups I should
also try?


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